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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has lashed out at some former players for constantly criticising the national team.
Sarfraz’s comments come after Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their World Cup clash last Sunday.
India’s victory extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan as they have now won all seven of their meetings against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.
To make matters worse, Pakistan have now only won one of the five World Cup games they have played.
Despite this, Sarfraz insisted that the ex-Pakistan players should be encouraging the team rather than constantly lambasting them.
“I have said that if things like social media were there in the past then people would realise how difficult it is,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “You can’t stop anyone because there are so many things now. People make videos, there’s no personal life. These things affect our families as they see these things.
“The guys are facing all these things, there’s also team pressure. I just request these people to talk about cricket. Our fans, Pakistani fans are very emotional and when we win, they raise us high and when we lose, they are very angry. Their anger is legitimate, but I think that we are even more downhearted at losing than they are because we know we are playing for Pakistan. We try to win but we accept that we didn’t play well as a team and that’s correct.
“If I say anything to them (former players), then they will get more upset because in their eyes, we aren’t even cricketers. I can’t say anything because if I do, then they will say why did he reply. They are sitting like a God on TV.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.